If you are searching for the best neighborhoods in Orlando Florida it helps quite a bit to gather a list of what defines the best neighborhoods to you. Not to mention what definition to neighborhood that you are using. Some of us may think of a gated subdivision as a neighborhood while others may look at a small city as meeting the criteria of a neighborhood. For the purpose of this article I will actually do both. I will be listing the regions of Orlando Florida and sharing some information on each. Then I will list what most of us consider to be the finest communities in those areas. I am a Realtor in the Orlando area and run what is likely the most informative website in central Florida and know the area very well
Orlando has a number of regions not all of which are actually small cities. These are the names which you see on google maps when you look at the area. Some of them are Census Designated areas and not an incorporated city. Below are a list of the most popular ones in Orlando in alphabetical order.
Baldwin Park is an area located in northeastern Orlando. This is a beautiful part of the greater downtown area just north of the Orlando Executive Airport. Baldwin Park also has it's own namesake Lake in Lake Baldwin. Lake Baldwin is not large being only about 3,500 feet across but it is beautiful none the less. Baldwin Park is a very clean and trendy place with modern homes and townhomes and semi ecologically friendly. To see what the homes look like there click this link. Baldwin Park.
Staying in northern Orlando we will jump over to the northwestern side. College Park is a city unto its self. This is a beautiful area with all you need locally. Golf courses, good schools and still that semi trendy feel. College Park has numerous communities at virtually every price point. When you get around the golf courses the prices of the homes are still surprisingly affordable.Another great thing about College Park is your ability to travel quickly. Interstate 4 and the 441 are on the east and west sides respectively and both flow well toward and away from the downtown Orlando area. Click to learn more about College Park.
Dr Phillips is one of the most desired locations in central Florida that many people visit and yet do not know the name of. Dr Phillips was a famous name in the Orange Grove history of central Florida and left a foundation to support his favorite part of Orlando. This just so happens to be the area south and west of Universal Studios. You guessed it, it is also minutes from Disney. It is very well respected for it's schools, shopping, restaurants and of course golf. The Boundary on Dr Phillips western side is the world famous Butler Chain of Lakes. Communities such as Millionaires Row, Bay Hill,Vizcaya and more come to mind. Go to the Dr Phillips YMCA or Dr Phillips Community Park in the evenings and you will see them packed with local residents and their families. See much more about Dr Phillips by clicking here, Dr Phillips.
Hunters Creek is an area/neighborhood which is south of downtown Orlando and on the northern side of Kissimmee Fl. Have no fear I know this is a ways from downtown but there is a highway we call the 417 and several other choices which are great for commuting to and from. You will likely not need to leave unless you are commuting for work and just chose to live here because the cost of living and price of housing. This is also a beautiful area of greater Orlando and still has just enough hustle and bustle to feel like a city. Traffic on the John Young Pkwy can be kind of tough but shopping and things to do are actually fairly close by to the south. Click to see more on Hunters Creek.
Lake Eola Heights is one of many such neighborhoods in the northern downtown area. For those who wish to walk downtown or just be very close to it this is a great area. The historical district is a part of Lake Eola Heights and you can drive through it and see what the homes looked like in the early to mid 1900's. A great flashback of days long passed and yet kind of cool. Shaded streets made of laid red brick just like you will see in the more exclusive areas of Winter Park Fl to the north. Most of the housing in Lake Eola Heights is condos. Not necessarily the best place to raise a traditional family but many people do prefer the area due to its proximity to downtown. Click to see Lake Eola Heights.
Lake Nona is an area of Orlando Florida developed by Tavistock. The crown jewel is no doubt the Lake Nona Country Club due to the golf course and price of the homes in the community. This neighborhood also has a namesake lake, Lake Nona. Lake Nona is on the east border of the Orlando International Airport and south side of the Lake Nona Country Club. This is also an area which could easily be a city. In fact it is somewhat famous for Medical City which is exactly what it sounds like. Soon it will be famous even more because it's growth is planned out for the next 15-20 years. This is a very impressive place with modern homes and communities and great local schools and activities all around. Eagle Creek and some similar neighborhoods are also very nice, but not technically part of Lake Nona and the Tavistock development. Click to see much more about Lake Nona.
Meadow Woods is an affordable alternative for many. This is a surprisingly large neighborhood filled with nice homes about 1 mile southwest of the Orlando International Airport. This is one of several similar communities such as Sawmill and Southchase. Of the three Sawmill is by far the newest and Meadow Woods is between the three. All have the conveniences we have all grown accustomed to and if price is a concern I would probably look to Meadow Woods. All three are really nice neighborhoods.
Metrowest is a neighborhood in you guessed it, western Orlando. It is primarily centered around a large golf course, The MetroWest Golf Club. Valencia College's West Campus and Bill Frederick Park. Not to mention being very close to downtown Orlando. MetroWest is a very popular place to live for not only the young but many who are raising families. It is filled with affordable housing and looks great when you drive around in it. Sometimes I am surprised how many people outside of this area have not heard of MetroWest. It certainly is not because the area does not have a large enough sign. See more about MetroWest.
I could go on and on about the best neighborhoods in Orlando Fl. It would be easy to break the city up into tiny sections and brag about them. However we have defined neighborhoods a little differently. Southchase is an area to consider if south of the city is in your plans. Southchase is next to Meadow Woods and Hunters Creek. It is basically a large area filled with affordable homes but not to affordable. Nice shops and stores are nearby and thanks to W Weatherbee Rd you can easily get east or west to begin your commute to and from you business or work. Parks and the local schools are very nearby.
That concludes what I consider to be the best neighborhoods in Orlando Fl.
Orlando is kind of a large mess as far as boundaries go. There are many nice cities to live in which are likely closer to your work, play or needs than parts of Orlando are. So below are links to much information on the best cities in the area.
Thank you for visiting this page and I hope it gets you off onto the right path. This is a large area and it will really benefit you to enlist the help of a real estate professional as early as possible. I have decades of experience and if you look around this site you will see that I am very knowledgeable about the area. I would love to assist you in your search for a home for your family in The Best neighborhoods in Orlando Fl.